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  •  I think most people want to talk to others because (7+ / 0-)

    they hope they can find common ground.

    Most of my experience changing minds comes from Texas where I volunteered with Obama for America in 2008 and MoveOn.org after that. Exchanging points of view wasn't enough. I needed to convince people to see my point of view, even if only for a brief moment in time. If I could do that and open up a little bit of understanding, then they were more likely to be open to listening to me at a later point in time.

    Let's face it, politics is about changing peoples' minds - or at least changing them enough to vote for the person or policy that we want at a certain point in time. Otherwise, why are we politically engaged?

    •  Perhaps you and Catte are both correct? (3+ / 0-)
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      angelajean, denig, Catte Nappe

      One of the reasons I joined the site was in hopes of that "exchange of ideas" that Catte spoke of.

      My base line assumption is that there is much I just do not know. Period.

      Good, solid, information is like manna to me. I love it. Need it. And a respectful exchange of ideas enlarges upon that.

      And that is how I do see minds being changed.

      There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

      by Onomastic on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 01:06:23 AM PDT

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